I saw a tweet when I logged on to Twitter this morning saying that a study had been conducted and it had been proved that camping makes you happy.
I, obviously, already know this but went to research some more and found that:
over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey proved conclusively that those people who camp are happier, have closer family relationships, are healthier, less stressed and are more socially connected.
The evidence has been collected by the Camping & Caravanning Club and you can read more about it on their Real Richness page.
Some of the key findings include:
•93% of campers say camping can make you happier
•77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers
•21% of campers feel stressed on an average day compared to 33% of non-campers
•91% of all children say spending time exploring the outdoors with their parents makes them happy
•80% of children who camp feel their parents are less stressed when they go camping and three-quarters say their parents shout less!
•Seven in 10 people agree that camping is accessible to everyone regardless of income
•79% of kids who have never camped say they would like to
•One in three campers think that camping is a great way to lose weight
•84% of campers think camping can make you healthier and nearly half think the pastime should be prescribed on the NHS
•73% of adults suggest camping is something every child should experience and half say it should be on the national curriculum
Camping season is definitely upon us now. We’re hoping to go away once the bank holidays are over and we’ve just booked a long weekend camping in Filey in July. This weekend has been spent sorting the trailer out and restocking our kit and we’ll be getting the tent out on the garden next weekend to check it all over.
The findings of this survey must be true; it’s making me happier just thinking about it!